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August 27, 2012

AMD unveils new server graphics processor

FirePro S9000 and S7000 are designed to meet the multiple data centre deployment requirements

By CBR Staff Writer

Semiconductor firm AMD has launched two new server graphics cards, FirePro S9000 and S7000, for compute, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and workstation graphics deployments in data centres.

FirePro S9000 is a dual-slot passively cooled GPU that delivers 3.23 TFLOPs of peak single precision and 806 GFLOPs of double precision floating point performance, and delivers 264 GB/s memory bandwidth.

The dual-slot passively cooled GPU comes with a 6GB GDDR5 frame buffer and it allows IT managers to implement high-performance applications that can help reduce operating costs via intelligent power saving and monitoring technologies.

FirePro S7000 is a single-slot, passively-cooled multifunctional server graphics card that delivers 2.4 TFLOPs of peak single precision floating point performance, and delivers 154 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Equipped with new Graphics Core Next architecture and intelligent AMD PowerTune and ZeroCore Power technologies, the GPU claims to reduce power consumption by up to 95%.

With AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics, information technology (IT) managers can now address the data centre challenges, while empowering IT professionals to manage workloads securely from virtually anywhere, any time.

The server graphic cards bring improved VDI densities while supporting virtualisation technologies from Citrix, Microsoftand VMware, enabling multiple graphics cards installation in a server and support multiple users remotely.

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In addition, users can also access their desktops from virtually any device of their choosing, from thin clients to laptops, to tablets to smartphones, with enhanced graphics performance.

AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics also support remote desktop deployments, render farms, traditional workstation graphics applications, and high performance computing (HPC) implementations that require massive floating point calculations.

With a single unified driver, deploying the new server graphics in the data centre can enable IT groups to reduce operating costs and time spent on servicing individual systems, increase asset utilisation density, improve user experience and secure critical data.

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